Friday, August 26, 2011

Tonsillectomy may lead to obesity in children

If you intend to bring children to the hospital for a tonsillectomy, so be prepared to face the side effects. Some children experience obesity after surgical tonsils removal or often called tonsillectomy.

Surgical removal of tonsils is generally done to address chronic tonsillitis. Inflammation in this part usually makes the child has symptoms such as trouble swallowing (dysphasia) and pain on swallowing (odynophagia).

These symptoms are of course affect the diet, so to some extent will affect growth, especially height and weight. If allowed, the children will be more skinny and long to be malnourished.

After the tonsils or inflamed tonsils were removed through surgery called tonsillectomy, children no longer have difficulty or pain when swallowing food. Therefore, going back to normal eating patterns and weight will increase.

Weight gain experienced by the children after tonsillectomy is quite significant. A study which examines three studies of tonsillectomy prove that the increase in body weight or body mass index (BMI) after surgery reaching 46-100 percent.

In the first study carried out 127 children with tonsillitis, removal of tonsils make child BMI increased between 5.5 to 8.2 percent. In America, this figure is alarming considering the fact 33 percent of children in this country are overweight and 17 percent were obese.

Although not revealed a direct relationship, weight gain after tonsillectomy is feared to trigger a dramatic increase in children who suffer from obesity-related, said Anita Jeyakumar, MD, who led the study, quoted by WebMD.

The next study examined 419 children, with weight gain after surgery is quite variable between 46-100 percent. Subsequent research revealed 249 children with tonsil removal of body weight increased 50-75 percent.

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